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Bringing Your Spouse And Children To Germany

Your children under eighteen are eligible for a temporary or permanent residence permit in Germany, provided that you and your spouse have the right to live there. In addition, there are no visa requirements for entry to Germany or restrictions on residency or employment for your children if they are nationals of a country in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA).

Your children will require visas to enter Germany if they are nationals of a country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. According to Section 32 of the German Residence Act (AufenthG), if both you and your spouse have temporary resident permits for Germany, your minor children are also eligible to apply for and acquire temporary resident permits so that they may join you in Germany. You may apply for a visa for your children even if you are a single parent. However, in this situation, you must first get the approval of the other custody-eligible parent.

If Your Partner Is A Citizen Of A Non-EU Nation

· Couples outside the European Union might still plan for a happy future together in Germany. However, the following conditions must be satisfied before your spouse may join you:

· Legal standing to call a certain place "home" You have legal authorization to work in Germany, either in the form of a temporary or permanent residence visa or a Blue Card issued by the European Union.

· You and your family have settled into a spacious apartment or house in Germany. In our "Living in Germany" section, you'll discover advice on where to stay.

· In terms of health coverage and finances, You and your family are well-protected by your health insurance and financial resources.

· Your spouse is of legal age, which means they are at least 18 years old in most countries.

· They are acquiring a foundation in German: Spouses or partners joining their partners in Germany are often required to have at least a working command of the language. This way, students can converse with locals in German immediately upon arrival. In addition, they should be able to do things like ask for directions, go grocery shopping, and make small talk with locals in German.

· This rule, however, has a few notable exceptions. If any of the following are true, your spouse does not need to speak German to get a visa or a residence permit:

· You have a European Union Blue Card, an ICT card, or a Mobile ICT card.

· You meet the requirements of Section 18c (3), Section 18d, Section 18f, or Section 21 of the German Residence Act and have a valid residence permit (AufenthG).

· Suppose you answered "yes" to any of the following questions. In that case, you might assume that you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (British citizens and certain holders of other British citizenship from the Channel Islands and Gibraltar or the Isle of Man).

How to Qualify for a German Family Visa

The following are the minimum requirements for bringing your qualified family members to Germany while you are an international student there:

· The means to support one's basic needs monetarily. Your living expenses and those of any family members who want to join you must be covered by your means. This sum should be sufficient to support your whole time in Germany without having to tap into any German government assistance programs.

· Good Enough of a Home to Call Your Own. If you don't have enough room in your apartment in Germany for both you and any additional family members, you won't be allowed to bring them with you.

· Legal Marriage Requirement. It would help if you were legally married to your future German spouse before you could apply for a German student visa.

· Legal Requirement for a Civil Union. Before being issued a German student visa, you must register your connection with your joining same-sex partner.

· The Acceptable Minimum Age is. Both you and your joining partner at the time of the family visa application must be at least 18. It would help if you were a minor needing care for your parent to apply for a family reunion visa so they may join you. Your youngster must be under the age of 16 to accompany you to Germany. If your kid is 16 or older when they join you here, they should already have a solid grasp of the German language to help them settle in.

· A Required Language Is. If your spouse does not have a command of the German language at the CEFR Level A1 or above, their application for a reunion visa will be denied. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who can speak German at least to the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference is welcome to come along.

· Dependence. Only if you have special needs will your parent be allowed to enroll with you at this university. On the other hand, if you're bringing a kid with you to Germany, that youngster must plan to reside in the same house as you and your parents while in Germany.

· Time Spent Living There If you plan to study in Germany for at least a year, you will need a residence permit to bring your family members.

· Justice and the law. Your kid cannot be married, divorced, or widowed if they accompany you to Germany to complete your degree.

· Legal protections regarding child custody. You must have legal custody of the minor kid to join.

Submission Of An Overseas Application For A Family Reunification Visa To Germany

Apply for your German Family Reunion Visa well in advance of your planned trip to the country if you are a visa national traveling to Germany for family reasons.

You must write to the German consulate office in your country of residence to apply for a visa from abroad.

To apply, please schedule an appointment using the consular service's official website (online booking system) in your country of residence.

You must bring all of the necessary supporting papers for your visa application, in the correct format and of the requisite quality, to your scheduled appointment.

You'll have to attend an interview and answer questions about yourself and why you need a visa as part of the process. After this date, you may be asked for more proof.

Who Is Eligible For A German Visa For Reuniting With Relatives?

There are stringent requirements that applicants must complete to be granted a family reunion visa. In addition, the prerequisites will change based on your nationality and the status of your relative in Germany.

Anyone with a valid passport or ID card from the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland may enter Germany without further documentation. In other words, you won't need a family reunion visa to visit Germany. Still, you will need to register with the residents' registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) within three months of your arrival.

To enter Germany to join a relative, spouse, or partner from a country outside the EU/EEA, you will need to apply for a family reunion visa. After that, the German Alien Authority will grant you a residency permit. Your visa will remain valid if your partner, spouse, or relative is a permanent resident of Germany.

Housing, Medical Coverage, And Financial Stability

The next step is to show that you and any accompanying relatives have sufficient funds to settle in the country. When family members can provide for themselves financially without entering the German assistance system, the German government will approve their immigration. In addition, you and your family members need adequate health insurance and financial resources.

Each family must have "enough living space," which includes a suitable dwelling. Twelve square meters per family member older than six is a common rule of thumb for determining this.

The minimum square footage required to house a six is 10 square meters.

There must be constant access to all necessary amenities (such as a kitchen, bathroom, and toilet). We can live with a 10% shortage.

Identity Confirmed

The last step is to verify your relative's citizenship and identification. They need a passport that is still in good standing. In addition, there can be no cause for expulsion and no harm to the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany, as stated by the legislation.

This implies that they cannot threaten the safety of Germans and must enter the country legitimately. As a result, their criminal past may be checked to guarantee that they pose no danger to the German community.

Bringing a Spouse or Partner from Outside the EU to Germany

To enter Germany with your "partner," you must provide proof of your relationship. In most cases, this is shown by showing proof of marriage; however, in places where civil partnerships are legal, other forms of proof may be accepted instead. You both need to be at least 18 years old, and the marriage or partnership must be legally recognized. Concealing one's true identity via a marriage of convenience to gain entry to Germany is fraught with potential difficulties.

Relocating Your Kids to Germany

Unmarried minors are considered "children" for family reunions. The word includes both biological and artificial progeny. If the qualifications are met, and the person in issue has custody of the children in question, then the person's stepchildren, foster children, and adoptive children are also included.

However, if one parent does not want to relocate to Germany and both parents share legal custody, the kid cannot go to Germany without the consent of the non-relocating parent.

For various reasons, such as the presence of a handicap, parents may seek to bring their adult children to Germany. Get in touch with a knowledgeable immigration attorney who can detail the specifics of your situation.

The Family Migration to Germany:

Your spouse must apply for a visa at the German Embassy or consulate in their home country if they need one to enter Germany. In most cases, a passport and a wedding certificate or evidence of a registered or civil partnership are all required to apply for a spouse visa to join you. Inquire at the nearest German Embassy about any further paperwork that must be presented.

Since it may take some time to complete your application, it is in your best interest to submit it with all the required supporting materials as early as possible.

Registration with the Residents' Registration Office in Germany is mandatory after you and your family arrive in the country (Einwohnermeldeamt). Then, within three months, you must apply for a residence permit from the local immigration department. After that, passports, birth and marriage certificates, pay stubs or tax returns, evidence of rental or ownership paperwork, and any other documentation required by law will suffice.

In many ways, Germany is an ideal place to raise a family. To begin, raising a family in Germany is a fairly secure option. People in Germany, whether in a remote town or a major metropolis, tend to feel safe. It is also a fairly connected nation, with an excellent public transportation system and several highways.

The variety of schools available in Germany is one of the country's numerous strengths in the field of education. It's feasible to enroll in the public school system in Germany, but if you live in or near a major city, you may find that there are more options for your child's education. In addition, there is a broad variety of options for post-secondary education (Hochschulen) in Germany, including universities, technical universities, and other post-secondary institutions. If you move your family to Germany, your kids will have no trouble making new friends and excelling in school.


Costing 75€ for adults and 37,5€ for youngsters, an Entry Family Reunion Visa is required to apply (minors). Residence Permit initial applications based on family ties cost between 56 and 100 euros for adults, 28 and 50 euros for kids, and 28.8 euros for those applying as a single person (Turkish nationals). Costs to extend a Family Reunion Visa in Germany range from 49 to 96 euros for adults, 24.5 to 48 euros for adolescents, and 28.8 euros for those under 18. (Turkish nationals).

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